diabetesSmoking cessation can lead to diabetes?

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lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A study by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has shown that smokers who quit smoking may have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes, however the study goes on to say that smokers typically have a higer propensity to develop type 2 diabetes and that the smokers who quit typicaly show a weight gain which contributes to the type 2 diabetes. The study also says that if you continue to be a non-smoker your likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes returns to that of a never smoker.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Please if you are a smoker do not use this as a reason to keep smoking. There are any number of factors discovered and not yet discovered through this study that could lead to the diabetes. One of the primary factors being the weight gain that some smokers experience when they quit. This could easily be rectified by other healthy lifestyle changes when one quits smoking.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
When people quit smoking, they often begin eating. Smoking and eating are similar actions in that they fill a psychological void. Quitting smoking often leads to eating sugary sweets and that could lead someone with a predisposition to develop Type 2 Diabetes.
versatilekamini | Student

New research suggests that quitting smoking may raise the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the short term, and as ex-smokers log more years without touching cigarettes, that risk gradually comes down to that of a never-smoker; the researchers suspect weight gain is the main reason and warn quitters to watch their weight.

These are the findings of a study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, both in the US, and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

giorgiana1976 | Student

Specialists point out that this discovery should not be used as an excuse to not stop smoking.

The importance of this study is to warn of the risk of smoking.
The message is: "Do not start smoking. If you smoke, give up. It is the best thing to do, but people must be attentive to their weight,the increased risk of diabetes being blamed on the fact that people giving up the smoking addiction, tend to get fat in the near future.

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